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#1 joebeaven

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 07:14 AM

Hi,

I'm using Startup Organizer on Windows XP and there are two entries where the path is just '.exe'. The section for one is 'Registry\All users\Run' and for the other it's 'Registry\Current user\Run'.

Does anyone know what these programs are and whether they need to run on startup?

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 09:46 AM

Definitely suspicious. Take a look here. I'd remove those entries and scan for malware.

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 09:48 AM

Hi mand0,

Thanks for the advice. I've removed the entries from Startup Organizer. I do scan every week with Ad-Aware, Spyware Doctor and PC-Cillin and they didn't remove the entries even though they've been there for a while.

Thanks again,
Joe

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 09:59 AM

Although you removed the startup registry entry you still need to do a thorough scan for the bad file it was pointing to.

I suggest you perform at least one of these online virus scans:
[Watch the Address bar in IE. You may receive alerts that "This site might require the following ActiveX control...Click here to install...". Click on that alert and then Click Install ActiveX component.]
BitDefender Online Scanner. <- Add a check by "Autoclean".
F-Secure Online Scanner. <- Be sure to follow the directions on the F-Secure page for proper Installation. (also checks for rootkits).
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